Everyone is being encouraged to have their say in the design engagement stage of the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre.
The City of Mount Gambier is yet to hear whether or not its submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) for funding under the Federal Government’s Regional Growth (RGF) for the proposed facility has been successful.
“We’re waiting to hear of any news, but in the meantime we are moving forward with designs to ensure that if we are successful in receiving an invitation to submit an application for the second stage of the funding application, that this major project will be shovel ready,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.
Architects DesignInc Adelaide and CO-OP Studio Melbourne are working on the internal concept design with community input to explore multiple uses for the facility.
“The Community Reference Group (CRG) has already provided its first round of feedback to the architects. The group represents local schools, swim clubs, allied health care providers, sporting/recreation club representatives and other community groups.”
Council continues to engage with a broad range of stakeholders in developing the design and functionality of the proposed centre.
“Council has met with various community groups in recent weeks, but we also want the wider community to participate in the design engagement stage."
Your comments and feedback are important, as input from the community regarding the use, purpose and design is the information that will determine the operating costs that both Council and the community are keen to know. - Mayor Andrew Lee
The proposed project will not proceed without external grant funding and community support. Council is seeking $20million in funding from the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund. The State Government will need to provide $10million and Council will contribute up to $10million to this project, but only if the community decides that it is in favour of the facility.
“It’s important to remember that at this stage the facility is not a done deal. Community consultation will continue throughout the entire process and we will know more about operational costs in September.”
To view the draft concept plan for the facility and provide your input, visit https://www.haveyoursaymountgambier.com.au/